Chimay Spéciale Cent Cinquante

I think about beer

Chimay 150 Sign2012 marked the 150th year of brewing for Chimay.  Founded in 1850 by monks from Westvleteren, the decision to brew as part of their livelihood was a momentous decision.  Chimay is now the largest of the Trappist breweries exporting beer throughout the world.  This allows them to employ a lot of people in the underemployed south of Belgium. It also lets them fund their many charities and works.

With 150 years of brewing under their belt, the monks decided a special one time release to celebrate the milestone was in order.  Spéciale Cent Cinquante, literally “Special 150,” was the result.  It’s the highest alcohol beer they’ve made to date.  It’s a strong blonde ale.  You could call it a pale Quad or a Belgian Strong Golden.  This was an extremely limited release and not a lot of it made it to the US, and none of it made it…

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